The Atlantic magazine has an article called Where the White People Live,and the subtitle is, “how self-segregation and concentrated affluence became normal in America.” In other words, The Atlantic is highlighting the War on the Poor. The article must be about Republicans, right? Ummm, not so much.
Last summer, the Michigan town of Grosse Pointe Park erected a farmer’s market in the middle of one of the few remaining streets that allowed cars to pass between the tony suburb and the urban Detroit neighborhoods at its border. It was the latest of many attempts by Grosse Pointe Park residents to close off roads and block traffic between what has become a predominantly white, affluent suburb, and its poorer, urban neighbor.
There were protests about the border, and Grosse Pointe Park later said it would tear down the farmer’s market and re-open the road, but the incident speaks volumes to the segregation that exists in Detroit, and the tensions that can grow as a result.
Sounds like a bunch of unfeeling, nasty, racist Republicans, right? Well, let’s take a look at Grosse Pointe Park’s 2012 voting record.
OMG!!! It’s a sea of blue!
That’s probably an anomaly, right? Well let’s look at some other cities featured in The Atlantic’s article.
Boston. In 2012, Boston cast 80% of their votes for Barack Obama.
Baltimore. In 2012, Baltimore was almost a Red City. Well, by Baltimore standards. 58% for Obama.
Minneapolis. They split the difference between Baltimore and Boston at 62% Obama.
What in the world could be going on?
We have a pretty good idea what is going on. In the real world, as opposed to either academia or the hallowed halls of the Obama administration, it’s not affluent whites who “self segregate.” It’s the “black community” that manages that.
How do they do that, you ask. It’s simple. In the “black community” there are no families. Single female households with a flock of out-of-wedlock kids are sure recipe for grinding poverty subordinated by government welfare programs. It’s also a sure recipe for the growth of street gangs. Easy money, a sense of commitment and togetherness (even if most of the “family members” do end up dead or in prison), all the things that kids don’t find at that place where their single “parent” lives.
People who have any opportunity to get out of that kind of “community” get out at the first opportunity. Hence, the growth of suburbs.
Since most suburbanites are refugees from the city, they do everything possible to keep the city and bay and to avoid paying for the ills of the remaining city dwellers. Hence, things like this.
The executive of Oakland County, to Detroit’s north, which is one of the whitest areas in the nation, has said publicly he doesn’t feel any incentive to help the city of Detroit.
Actually, he was a lot more direct than “doesn’t feel any incentive” indicates. It’s really more like…
“I used to say to my kids, ‘First of all, there’s no reason for you to go to Detroit. We’ve got restaurants out here.’ They don’t even have movie theatres in Detroit—not one.” He went on, “I can’t imagine finding something in Detroit that we don’t have in spades here. Except for live sports. We don’t have baseball, football. For that, fine—get in and get out. But park right next to the venue—spend the extra twenty or thirty bucks. And, before you go to Detroit, you get your gas out here. You do not, do not,under any circumstances, stop in Detroit at a gas station! That’s just a call for a carjacking.”
The County Executive is a Republican. The county, on the other hand, is solid blue. 2012, 53% – 45% for Obama.
Please note, there is absolutely a pattern. Rich, white Democrats don’t want to live in the same “community” as the blacks their party depends so heavily upon for at least 92% of their votes. And they’re not willing to send money into overwhelmingly black inner city to “help” their fellow Democrats.
What they had better hope is that the poor, and especially the black poor, don’t suddenly figure out it’s not the Koch Brothers who are keeping them poor and segregated into the urban equivalent of Hell. Because when they do figure it out – and one day they will – we expect places like Grosse Pointe Park to look more like this.
We fully expect scenes like this will be the eventual legacy of the Democratic Party.
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